Playing around with surface texture

A simple way of playing around with surface texture is to use whip stitch to create bumpy lines in fabric. Jean Draper’s recent book (Stitch and Structure: design and technique in two- and three-dimensional textiles) explains how to do this. (I see, incidentally, that this book has so far gathered 22 5 star and 2 4 star reviews on, and I’m not surprised – it really is good and if I get round to it I’ll review it in a future post). I’ve been having a go at this, and below are two of the samples I’ve produced so far:Using whip stitch to create a textured surface

The first, in black and white, is using a woven, patterned cotton fabric of quite loose weave. I think that using a patterned fabric can produce some rather interesting effects, and I’m quite pleased with this. The loose weave texture makes it lovely to work with, and I wish I had more of it. This fabric was used to wrap a small piece of pottery that I bought from an artist in France last year, so it’s just a fragment. Using whip stitch on felt

The second sample uses an oddment of felt that I got out of an Oliver Twists Lucky Bag. I laid a small scrap of silk organza over the bottom left hand corner, just to see what it looked like. (I do wish, incidentally, that Oliver Twists had a shopping website. I usually buy something from them at the Knitting and Stitching Shows).

As I was pleased with these and the other samples of whip stitch that I produced, the next stage is to produce a larger piece. I’m busy working on this right now, and will post a photograph or two when it’s finished.